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Category: Biomedical Engineering

Researchers to develop web-based app based on study findings — ScienceDaily

A first-of-its-kind study on molecular interactions by biomedical engineers in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering will make it easier and more efficient for scientists to develop new medicines and other therapies for diseases such as cancer, HIV and autoimmune diseases. The study resulted in a mathematical framework that simulates the effects of the key parameters that control interactions between molecules that have multiple binding sites, as is the case for many medicines. Researchers plan to use…

New insights into the earliest events of seed germination — ScienceDaily

Plant seeds may strike the casual observer as unspectacular — but they have properties that are nothing short of superpowers. In a dry state they can store their energy for years and then suddenly release it for germination when environmental conditions are favourable. One striking example is the “super bloom” in the Death Valley National Park, when seeds that have endured the dry and hot desert for decades suddenly germinate at rainfall followed by a rare and spectacular desert bloom…

Assistance during first years of biology major leads to higher retention of first-gen students — ScienceDaily

For many young college students, the first years are a time of wonder and excitement and early steps toward long-term goals. These years, for some students, are equally fraught with anxiety, as the realities of rigorous curricula set in alongside feelings of unpreparedness and impostor syndrome. In the STEM fields, this results in roughly 50% of first-year majors leaving their original course of study. This is a disheartening statistic, especially given the projected need for a 33% increase in the…

Wearable sweat sensor detects gout-causing compounds — ScienceDaily

There are numerous things to dislike about going to the doctor: Paying a copay, sitting in the waiting room, out-of-date magazines, sick people coughing without covering their mouths. For many, though, the worst thing about a doctor’s visit is getting stuck with a needle. Blood tests are a tried-and-true way of evaluating what is going on with your body, but the discomfort is unavoidable. Or maybe not, say Caltech scientists. In a new paper published in Nature Biotechnology, researchers led…

Hunt Receives Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award

Nelson Baker, president of the UPCEA board of directors, presents the Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award to Associate Professor Heather Hunt. Heather Hunt, an associate professor in Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering Department  in the the College of Engineering, took home the Adelle F. Robertson Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). Dr. Hunt was on site to accept the award. Dr. Hunt has become an advocate for online teaching not just within…

BBCE Academy honors distinguished alumni

BBCE professor Patrick Pinhero; Al Hiken, BS ’84, chair of the ChE Academy of Distinguished Alumni for 2019; Honorary Member Paul Chan, BS ’73; and chemical engineering senior Aaron Field at the Academy’s induction ceremony Oct. 19. The Department of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering held its Academy of Distinguished Alumni induction ceremony Oct. 19 to honor chemical engineering graduates from the University of Missouri who are outstanding in their field, leaders in community affairs and worthy of emulation. The…

Mizzou-hosted Ninth edition of Merit Badge Day largest ever

Merit Badge Day aims to give students the opportunity to explore new topics in a fun and engaging environment while advancing in the Scouts BSA Program. Photos by Danielle DuClos. MU’s ninth-annual Merit Badge Day broke records as the largest in its history. Hosted by the College of Engineering, almost 800 scouts from six states came ready to learn and take on challenges. Merit Badge Day aims to give students the opportunity to explore new topics in a fun and…

Sensor is poised to improve landmine detection and non-destructive testing — ScienceDaily

Detecting landmines can be a challenging and slow process. Detecting them from a moving vehicle would make the process more speedy, but at the expense of accuracy. At the Optical Society’s (OSA) Laser Congress, held 29 September — 3 October 2019 in Vienna, Austria, researchers from the University of Mississippi, U.S.A., will report a new laser-based sensor that effectively detects buried objects even while the detector is in motion. This new device offers a significant improvement over existing technologies, which…

Cannabis may hold promise to treat PTSD but evidence lags behind use — ScienceDaily

As growing numbers of people are using cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new UCL study reports that prescriptions are not backed up by adequate evidence. The systematic review, published in the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, finds that the active components of cannabis, called cannabinoids, may hold promise as a treatment for PTSD, particularly for reducing nightmares and helping people sleep, but more research is needed to determine whether these drugs should be used in routine clinical practice.…

Scientists propose network of imaging centers to drive innovation in biological research — ScienceDaily

When sparks fly to innovate new technologies for imaging life at the microscopic scale, often diverse researchers are nudging each other with a kind of collegial one-upmanship. “Look at the resolution we obtain with this microscope I’ve designed,” the physicist says. “Great,” the biologist replies, “but my research organism moves fast. Can you boost the system’s speed?” “You’ll have terabytes of raw data coming off that microscope system,” says the computational scientist. “We’ll build in algorithms to manage the data…